Ignatius to John the holy presbyter.
If thou wilt give me leave, I
desire to go up to Jerusalem, and see the faithful13881388 saints
who are there, especially Mary the mother, whom they report to be an
object of admiration and of affection to all. For who would not rejoice
to behold and to address her who bore the true God from her13891389 own womb, provided he is a friend of
our faith and religion? And in like manner [I desire to see] the
venerable James, who is surnamed Just, whom they relate to be very like
Christ Jesus in appearance,13901390
in life, and in method of conduct, as if he were a twin-brother of the
same womb. They say that, if I see him, I see also Jesus Himself, as to
all the features and aspect of His body. Moreover, [I desire to see] the
other saints, both male and female. Alas! why do I delay? Why am I kept
back? Kind13911391 teacher, bid me hasten [to fulfil my
wish], and fare thou well. Amen.